Spirituality and Religion
©Arlene R. Taylor PhD
Much of the time, controversy and argument, when they exist, simply involve perception differences among brains. Because of differences between unique brains, discussions often escalate into foolish argument and meaningless controversy. Unfortunately, some believe that talking louder, faster, and longer, will induce the other brain to perceive the information being discussed in the same way. This phenomenon can be observed frequently in discussions related to politics and/or religion.
Although I have relied heavily on brain function research, a plethora of studies, and discussions with brain researchers and other experts, the summaries represent my own brain’s opinion. There will be some who do not agree with my opinions and perceptions. In those cases I suggest they study the research for themselves and come to their own conclusions.
My goal with these practical application summaries related to spirituality and religion is to stimulate thinking and observation, trigger increased awareness at an individual level, jumpstart applications for every day living, and provide options for behaviors.
Typically, conclusions from research studies are presented in the form of generalizations that apply to nearly 70% of the population (to the first standard deviation on either side of the mean). There are always exceptions based on individuality because the human brain develops uniquely. Consequently, no two brains are ever identical in structure, function, or perception; not even the brains of identical twins.
If some of your personal characteristics / behaviors don’t match a specific generalization, it doesn’t invalidate the research / studies. It does exemplify individual uniqueness. Avoid discounting first-impression mismatches too quickly. Perhaps you haven’t had the opportunity to hone a specific skill, or your personal past experiences have impacted you in unusual ways.